University of Saskatchewan
Research Group on Aging

About RGA

The Research Group on Aging is a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina.

Modern Western Society is characterized by decreased family size and increased longevity. One consequence of this is that fewer and fewer young people support an increasingly larger older population. A second consequence is that healthcare costs are constantly increasing as a larger fraction of population reaches the age of 65. With the current rate of increase in GDP devoted to healthcare, it will not be much longer until the universal health care mandate expected by the majority of the populus can no longer be met. A priority solution to this dilemma in a society with an increasing older population is to understand the aging process and develop inexpensive alterations in dietary and other behaviours to allow for a longer period of healthier aging.

Two major foci of our group will be “normal” and abnormal decline in musculoskeletal function (and problems associated with such deterioration), as well as decline in nervous system function associated with aging. These are major problems that the health care system must address and are areas of expertise for the clinical investigators of the research group.

There are three intervention themes that bring the group together: i) dietary interventions, ii) physical activity interventions and iii) psychosocial interventions designed to facilitate pain management and improve end of life care.

An important role of the Aging Research Group is to facilitate interactions between the more clinically-oriented and biomedically-oriented investigators interested in the area of aging.

The long-term goals of the group are to design low cost interventions (diet, psychosocial and exercise regimens) that will allow a more graceful and healthy aging in the population.

Financial support for our Group comes from the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, the Office of Vice-President Research, College of Medicine, College of Kinesiology, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and the University of Regina.

The Research Group on Aging is a partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina.

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